60 Alstom double deck trains for French SNCF
Alstom will deliver 60 additional next generation regional trains to French state operator SNCF Voyageurs. They will serve lines D and E of the RER network in the Île-de-France region. The total amount of the transaction is almost 1 billion euros. Railway Supply magazine writes about this with reference to zdopravy.
The contract is fully funded by the Île-de-France region. This is the implementation of the second part of the contract under the framework contract signed in 2017 for the supply of 255 traction units. The first performance contract provided for the delivery of 71 trains. The new order will increase the number of vehicles to 131.
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The new units are seven-car, with a capacity of up to 1860 passengers. The RER Nouvelle Génération (NG) is currently undergoing approval and testing and is expected to enter service in the summer.
The trains are based on Bombardier’s Regio 2N and Alstom’s X’trapolis. They are already equipped with automatic train control technology. They have doors two meters wide to make it easier to get in and out. The first and last cars are one-story, with two-story cars inserted between them. The manufacturer paid a lot of attention to informing passengers and lighting that adapts to the time of day, an effective air conditioner was installed.
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